There are times when you may want to copy a page or post on your WordPress blog.
For example, let’s say you post regular announcements on your site about different events or promotions with similar content. Instead of creating a new post for every new event or announcement, writing content, selecting the same categories, etc., you could just duplicate an existing post, make a few small changes to the content, publish, and you’re done!
If you run a web-based store, most of your store pages will probably have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, many modern WordPress e-commerce themes are designed with a functionality that lets you easily copy your store’s product pages …
(Many WordPress e-commerce themes allow you to easily duplicate your store’s product pages)
By default, however, WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a post or page …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a page or post)
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily clone a post or page in WordPress.
Copying WordPress Pages
The easiest way to duplicate a WordPress page or post without coding skills is to use plugins.
In WordPress, there are many plugins you can use to duplicate posts and pages pages and posts. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free editions with paid upgrades, giving you access to additional features.
In WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to posts and pages. You can also duplicate custom post types (e.g. a product page), create web page templates for other users, and even copy your entire WordPress site.
Let’s take a look at how to use one of several WordPress plugins.
(Duplicate Post – WordPress Plugin)
Duplicate Post allows you to clone a page or post or edit it as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ will duplicate the page or post without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy the pages/posts and also open these in the editor for you.
The Duplicate Post plugin copies not only the post or page content, it also copies the page/post fields and settings.
For more details, go here}:
How To Install Duplicate Post
You can install Duplicate Post using a manual installation method, or install it directly from your WordPress dashboard.
To install a page/post cloning plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard, do the following:
Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to your navigation menu and click on Plugins > Add New …
(Plugins – Add New)
This brings up the WordPress Plugins page …
(WordPress Plugins section)
Here you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search term into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone post“, etc.) …
(Plugins screen – Search for plugins)
Find the plugin in the results screen and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Plugins section – Plugin ‘Install Now’ button)
Next, activate the plugin …
(Plugin installation screen)
Once the plugin is activated, the next step is to configure the plugin’s settings …
(Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the plugin’s settings from the Plugins section by clicking on ‘Settings’ below the plugin title …
(Plugins screen: Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings by logging into your WordPress dashboard, then going to your navigation menu and selecting Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)
Go through these options and configure your settings, then click ‘Save Changes’ to update your changes …
(Duplicate Post Options screen)
For more details, go here}:
Next time you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you will see the option to duplicate your page/post …
(Duplicate Post WP plugin – Cloning links)
When you click ’Clone’, your page/post will be cloned, but it will not be published. Instead, it will be saved as a draft. Clicking ‘New Draft’, and open it in the Post/Page editor …
(Easily clone your pages/posts)
Typically, when a page or post is cloned, WordPress copies the post/page title and adds the number “2” to the end of the post/page URL …
(Cloning affects the permalink of your page/post)
Unless you plan to split the content into parts, you should consider editing the title of your post and the URL.
If you need help editing pages/posts and understanding how permalinks work, see the “Related Tutorials And Articles section below.
Congratulations! Now you know how to easily clone a WordPress page or post.
Related Articles And Tutorials
For a better understanding of using posts in WordPress, see the articles and tutorials listed below:
- WordPress Pages And Posts
- How To Create A Post In WordPress
- Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts
- The Inline Editor Of WordPress
- Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO
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